American Heart Month Marked by The Doctors Company

Patient Safety Leader Issues Data on Treating Women with Heart Disease

Napa, California—February 20, 2014—In recognition of American Heart Month, The Doctors Company, the nation’s largest physician-owned medical malpractice insurer, is focusing on the differences in early symptoms and signs of impending heart attack that may make coronary heart disease more difficult to recognize in women than in men.

The Doctors Company has released a study of closed medical malpractice claims from 2007-2013 involving undiagnosed heart disease in women. The study found that in 61 percent of claims, the patient died when her heart condition was not correctly diagnosed and 33 percent had heart muscle damage from myocardial infarction.

The results of this study and suggestions on how physicians can ensure patient safety are detailed in a downloadable infographic.

“Failure to diagnose heart disease in women can lead to severe injury or even death,” noted David B. Troxel, MD, medical director of The Doctors Company. “Our access to closed claims data and our patient safety expertise allow us to not only inform physicians on the most common reasons doctors get sued but, more importantly, provide them with information to enhance patient safety.”

About The Doctors Company
Founded by doctors for doctors in 1976, The Doctors Company (www.thedoctors.com) is relentlessly committed to advancing, protecting, and rewarding the practice of good medicine. The Doctors Company is the nation’s largest physician-owned medical malpractice insurer, with 74,000 members and $4 billion in assets, and is rated A by A.M. Best Company and Fitch Ratings.

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